Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Nyanya traffic: task team shift focus to tricycle operators

The ministerial task team on the decongestion of traffic along the Nyanya-Keffi road said it will this week, begin the seizure of all tricycles stationed under the Nyanya Bridge.

The team had, last week, given tricycle operators seven days, within which, to vacate the Nyanya Bridge or risk having their tricycles confiscated.

Chairman of the team, Ikharo Attah, who gave the warning after monitoring the evacuation of street traders from premises of the Nyanya Bridge, noted that the activities of Keke operators contribute immensely to the traffic gridlock on that road.

“We saw very offensive tricycle operators who have formed themselves into a park type of union and subsequently turned the place into a mechanic hub. We have given them one week to quit and if they fail to do so, we will return with heavy duty truck to load the keke napep and move them from this area. We will put our foot on the ground and ensure that they do the right thing.

He therefore advised operators to take their tricycles to the Kugbo mechanic village to get them fixed, stressing that the Nyanya bridge is a strategic urban entry point that cannot be converted to a loading park.

The chairman also observed that the traders who were earlier cleared from the bridge area appeared determined to make business along the road shoulders, as a number of them have returned with new benches ready for business.

He said, “We are keen to growing commerce in the FCT, but not to grow commerce that will be on the road shoulders and impinge on the free flow of traffic so that people do not need to spend hours before getting into the city.

“Nyanya area is the gateway into the FCT from the north east with heavy vehicular movement, so we want to clear up the area and make it a very clean and beautiful entry hub."

Earlier, the Head of Enforcement Operations at the AEPB, Tpl. Kaka Bello, said the enforcement has become necessary, as the interchange by the Nyanya Bridge has been converted to places of trade and artisan workshops.

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